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March 27, 2017

Dear Everett Community,

By now you may be familiar with Socktoberfest, the annual party/charity event that has taken place in downtown Everett over the past several years every fall.  Thanks to all the organizations and members of the community that have helped out, last fall’s Socktoberfest was a huge success.  Over 2,000 pairs of socks and hundreds of free shoes were distributed, lots of warm food, live music, door prizes and new friendships were created that night.  There was definitely a difference felt by all who attended.

Socktoberfest is one of the many outreach events organized by the Emmaus Community, a group of like—minded folks who desire to make a difference in Everett.  This coming May we’ll be hosting a similar event.  I’m writing today to let you know about it.

After asking around, we discovered that many people in Everett often struggle to find transportation around town, even to get to a doctor’s appointment or to visit a family member.  In response to this need, we are partnering with local churches, neighborhoods, businesses and Everett Transit to raise money to help provide free bus tickets for those who need them.  It’s called ‘May Rides‘.

It will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located on the corner of 24th and Lombard) at 5pm on Saturday, May 13th.   We will be serving a free hot meal of beef stew with a keg of locally brewed root beer and desserts.  In addition to live music, plenty of fellowship and food, attendees will also be able to stop at an Everett Transit booth to pick up free bus tickets and to learn more about how to use the bus system from Everett Transit representatives.

Financial contributions are sincerely appreciated, and will go directly towards the cost of purchasing tickets.  Volunteers are also welcome, especially on the day of the event.  If you are interested in helping out, you can contact me using the info below.

Any donation in the form of a check may be written to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with ‘May Rides’ in the memo line.

It is our hope that, with your help, prayers and support, we can make a real difference in the lives of people in need in the downtown Everett community.  Thank you!

Leasha Brown

leashabloomfield@hotmail.com

WE DID IT!    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

We pulled it off and mostly without a hitch too, which is AMAZING!  Thank you to Central Lutheran Church for allowing the event to take place at their location.  Thank you to all the churches that partnered to make this a huge success.  Thank you to all who volunteered at the event too.  Without your time and attention spent, this event could not have happened.  Thank you so very much for your participation in this year’s event.

We served over 200 “neighbors” who really appreciated all the effort and the tangible items they were able to walk away with.  Not only a hot meal in their tummies but also meals to go were backed away in their possessions; not only live music was enjoyed but some even won door prizes!  The tasty locally brewed root beer (from Scuttlebutt) was gone in a flash and the never ending cookies, brownies and cookie bars were enjoyed.  All the socks…wow…all of the socks and the shoes are now out in the community of neighbors where they are most needed.  The YMCA really enjoyed their first endeavor/partnership opportunity with us and we look forward to more of that in the future.

Many thanks and blessings to all!!!

Leasha

Socktoberfest – your appreciative team lead

5TH ANNUAL SOCKTOBERFEST RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN EVERETT

People throughout Everett are collecting hundreds of pairs of new, warm adult socks to donate to homeless and low-income community members at the fifth annual “Socktoberfest” celebration held at Central Lutheran Church, located at 2702 Rockefeller Avenue on Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. That evening local residents and members of our homeless community will gather to enjoy live music, share bratwurst, locally brewed root beer, door prizes and fun. Socks will be distributed to all in need that evening.

This year we also plan to distribute gently used shoes donated by the Seattle organization, Redeeming Soles. There will also be a portable shower unit on site to provide the opportunity for people receive a hot shower.

Socktoberfest is a joint project of Central Lutheran Church and the Emmaus Community, a mission arm of Everett’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Socktoberfest began five years ago when then Everett Public Library employee, Debbie Paget, learned of the urgent need for warm socks during Everett’s winter months among the homeless individuals whom she met at the library. Paget together with the Emmaus Community and Trinity Lutheran College addressed that need with the first Socktoberfest in October 2011, distributing over 1,000 pairs of socks.

New adult pairs of socks may be donated for this year’s Socktoberfest event at locations across Snohomish County. These include:

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave, Everett
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett
  • Central Lutheran Church, 2702 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
  • Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett

(with more locations popping up)

Cash donations toward the purchase of socks are also welcomed. Checks may be mailed or dropped off at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 2927, Everett WA 98213. Please write “Socktoberfest” in the memo line. 100% of the money donated will go towards socks and a hot meal for those who attend this year’s event.

For more information, you may contact Leasha Brown, leashabloomfield@hotmail.com (425.293.3896)